Associate in Arts for Transfer | SC Program: AA-T.1009

This program introduces students to Philosophy. Philosophy is the study or logical analysis of the principles underlying conduct, reasoning, value, knowledge and the nature of the universe. Students will engage in the critical analysis of a number of theories defended by philosophers, who have attempted to answer a number of fundamental and puzzling questions about ourselves and the nature of the universe. The Associate in Arts in Philosophy for Transfer degree is designed to provide students with a common core of lower division courses required to transfer and pursue a baccalaureate (4-year) degree in Philosophy in the CSU system.

This degree is approved through the California Community College Chancellor’s Office. Upon satisfactory completion of all degree requirements and filing an application for graduation with Admissions and Records, the student’s transcript will reflect completion of this degree.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this degree, the student should be able to:

  • Evaluate arguments to determine validity using two different methods.
  • State, explain and critically analyze competing theories in some of the following areas: Metaphysics, Epistemology, Political Philosophy, Philosophy of Religion, Aesthetics and Philosophy of Science.
  • State, explain and critically analyze the following two ethical theories: Kantianism and Utilitarianism.


In addition to the 37-39 unit general education pattern for CSU or IGETC, students must complete the core courses listed below for the Associate in Arts in Philosophy for Transfer Degree. Students must also obtain a minimum grade point average of 2.0 and a C or better in each major course, or a “P" if the course is taken on a Pass/No Pass basis.

Required Core

  • PHIL 8*# Introduction to Logic 3
  • PHIL 6*# Introduction to Philosophy OR PHIL 7*# Introduction to Ethics 3
List A (Choose one course from the following): 3
  • PHIL 14*# Modern Western Philosophy (3)
  • Any course not selected from the list of Core courses above
List B (Choose two courses from the following): 6
  • ADJU 15 Concepts of Criminal Law (3)
  • BUAD 6 Business Law (3)
  • ENGL 1B*# Literature and Composition (3)
  • HIST 1A*# Western Civilization (3)
  • HIST 1B*# Western Civilization (3)
  • Any course not selected from List A above
List C (Choose one course): 3
  • Any course from List A or B not already used

*May be used to fulfill CSU General Education requirements. See a counselor.

#May be used to fulfill IGETC requirements. See a counselor.

Associate in Arts in Philosophy for Transfer Degree Requirements

Major: 18

General Education: 37-39

General Electives: 9-20**

Degree Total Will Not Exceed: 60 Units 

**Number will vary depending on units that double count.

For reference only as of 2019/2020

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